Tame Impala – Lonerism

The first time I heard Tame Impala’s debut album, Innerspeaker, I couldn’t believe that they were from this decade. The Australian outfit has managed to resurrect the psychedelic rock of the 60s and 70s, and forge it with the emerging indie-rock genre of our time. Along with this, they have created something truly magical. The sound is something truly unique; sounding much like the bastard child of Pink Floyd and Cream, with dirty, fuzzy, fat guitar tones that I think would even make Jimi Hendrix proud. In October of last year, with the release of Lonerism, Tame Impala has rocketed into a future in the limelight of independent rock.

When it comes to Lonerism, the album to me is pure heaven. Don’t get me wrong, I love Innerspeaker with a passion, but the band’s transition from a guitar-driven sound to a more synth-flange sound that permeates the LP is just pure psychedelic paradise. I’m a huge fan of bluesey, over-driven guitar sounds. However, the evolution to a more synth-based sound has given the band’s leader, singer-songwriter Kevin Parker, more room to experiment and push the limits of the band’s sound. Every track on the album feels like a journey. One journey to a distant cloud, another into the depths of a luminescent cave. If you were previously a fan of Innerspeaker, Lonerism is like a warm return home to that I’m confident all Tame Impala fans will adore, but if this is all news to you, definitely go check this band out.

What Tame Impala offers for me, personally, is an escape from a somewhat contrived or hackneyed indie-rock sound that is dominating the airwaves these days, and can simply grow tiring. The psychedelic rock genre may not be as flourishing, but it is a wonderful alternative, and is definitely gaining momentum. If you’re a fan of indie-rock, experimental, or just good music, this band will definitely be worth your time.

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